curated by Sara Maher

It’s November! And it hasn’t snowed yet! This surely calls for a celebration, but whether it’s of the patriotic, show-stopping, food-centric, or jazz-hands variety is up to you.

Veterans Day

America’s Parade is the centerpiece of the City’s Veterans Day celebrations, but Veterans’ Week offers many events and activities that honor the men and women who have served. Attend a special Mass for veterans and their families at St. Patrick’s Cathedral or see Arts in the Armed Forces members, including actor Adam Driver, perform Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero. On Veterans Day, check out veteran-themed booths at the Veterans Village Street Fair before lining up for the parade. The parade includes over 200,000 participants from 250 groups, including veterans from all wars, military units, civic and youth groups, as well as high school marching bands and vintage military vehicles.

Veterans Mass: F downtown to 47-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center and walk northeast to St. Patrick’s Cathedral (51st St and 5th Av), Sun Nov 8, 10am-12pm, free. Lobby Hero: F downtown to 57th St and walk southwest to Studio 54 (254 W 54th St), Mon Nov 9, 8pm., free for Active Duty Service Members, Veterans, and their families or $200 for civilians. Veterans Village: F downtown to 57th St and walk southeast to 53rd St between 6th and Madison Avs, Wed Nov 11, 9am-6pm, free. Parade: F downtown to 47-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center, 42nd St-Bryant Park, or 34th St-Herald Sq and find a spot on 5th Av between 29th and 53rd Sts, Wed Nov 11, 11:15am-3:30pm, free. americasparade.org

Laugh and Play

From the US debuts of Strauss and Stravinsky to the first major performances of Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan to the recording of Prairie Home Companion and TED Talks, Town Hall – created by suffragists in 1921 as a meeting space for discussing timely issues – has seen it all. This November is no different. Laugh uncomfortably at socially aware comedy from Margaret Cho; eavesdrop on a conversation between Billy Crystal and David Steinberg; welcome night show newcomer Trevor Noah; or get lyrical with singer/songwriter/activist Ani DiFranco with poet Shane Koyzan.

Downtown 42nd St-Bryant Park and walk northwest to The Town Hall (123 W 43rd St). Margaret Cho Wed Nov 11, 8pm, tickets start at $37.50; Billy Crystal and David Steinberg Thu Nov 12, 7:30pm, tickets start at $52; Trevor Noah Sat Nov 14, 7pm, tickets start at $38.50; Ani DiFranco with Shane Koyzan Sat Nov 21, 8pm, tickets start at $51. thetownhall.org

Boost Your Buffet

Looking for something new to warm your tummy this winter? The League of Kitchens lets you take on new cuisine with the guidance of an immigrant home chef in the comfort of their very own kitchen. Depending on your level of time (and social) commitment, you can choose one of two workshops: Taste Of gives you a quick two-and-a-half hours of cooking instruction, while Immersion spreads snacks, drinks, and class over five-and-a-half hours. If you can pull five friends or family members together, the chefs are happy to host a private workshop on any weekend of your choice. The food (and the conversation) doesn’t get any more authentic than this!

Location provided upon registration, but the following are on the F line: Argentinean Cooking with Mirta (F Queensbound to Forest Hills-71st Av), Indian Cooking with Yamini (F Queensbound to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike). Workshops offered most weekends; full schedule online. ‘Taste Of’ workshops $95 each; ‘Immersion’ workshops $149 each. All workshops include snacks, a meal, instruction, and a take-home booklet of recipes. For ages 13 and up; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. leagueofkitchens.com

Dance the Night Away

Halloween is over, and now it’s time for the adults to dress up for a night out. Head to Prospect Park’s Picnic House for Cabaret Night, “an evening of music and dancing to the greatest hits of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.” The music is live, the park is lovely, and sequins are encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Prospect Park Alliance, responsible for the majority of free events in the Park throughout the year (like the Halloween Haunted Walk + Fair).

Downtown to 7th Av and walk northeast to enter the park at 5th St and Prospect Park West. Fri Nov 13, 7:30pm $75 each. prospectpark.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/cabaret-night-prospect-park.

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